Rathmore Road

Improvement Scheme

  • Client
    Kent County Council
  • Value
    £3.4m
  • Duration
    20 months
Jackson used this key road scheme to not only improve traffic flows in the transport quarter of Gravesend but also involve local school children in an innovative heritage street art project.
The works were conducted in phases to minimise disruption with the first phase focusing around Gravesend station. The existing one-way road was re-aligned and widened to form a two-way road and new junctions were also constructed. The station concourse was redesigned to incorporate a drop-off point, disabled parking and new taxi rank. New pedestrian crossings, street lighting and signage schemes were incorporated within the scheme.

Social value

The Jackson team was also involved in a host of social value activities led by our Stakeholder Liaison Officer. During the project, Jackson and Gravesham Borough Council (GBC) teamed up with local schools and businesses to brighten up the area around the site compound by undertaking a street art project depicting 500 years of Gravesend’s history. The initiative linked with an exciting heritage project that GBC was overseeing in the town.

Street Art

The project was led by professional artists 1717Alliance in collaboration with Thamesview, Northfleet Technology College and St. George’s Schools. Jackson funded the cost of the paints for the artists and schools while some of our suppliers also donated materials for the project.

The finished works looked stunning and the boards were mounted on the site hoarding in the town centre. The artists followed up the project by giving a talk to the schools about street art.

This project was a fantastic opportunity for young people in Gravesham to be creative and embrace the rich heritage of our great town.

Cllr Jordan Meade, Cabinet Member for Heritage, Tourism, the Arts and Young People, Gravesham Borough Council

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